Canada
Suspected poppy thief arrested

President Bob Hackett holds a poppy box at the Legion Branch 3 in Toronto

Credits: DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY

QMI AGENCY

LEAMINGTON, ON — A 29-year-old man is accused of stealing Remembrance Day poppy boxes from four different businesses in this southern Ontario town.

Police said they were able to identify the suspect with the help of video surveillance. The poppy boxes had been reported stolen from three Tim Hortons locations and a Wendy’s restaurant.

The man is charged with three counts of theft and one count of breach of recognizance.

He remains in custody.

And a 22-year-old Tillsonburg, Ont., man faces theft charges after removing a poppy donation box ifrom a Delhi, Ont., liquor store.

About around 2:40 p.m. Monday, a man was seen entering the LCBO store on James Street and left with the donation box.

The store manager gave police a description of the man, which led to his arrest.

“Regardless of the amount” the action was deplorable considering it was a donation box, Norfolk County OPP media relations officer Const. Ed Sanchuk said.

The accused's name was not released.

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